When Books Read You, a Defense of Bibliomancy is a article that might tell you a tad more than you want to know about a variety of divination that tries to tell the future with the aid of literature. But none the less, it’s fun to read.

Written by Ed Simon for the berfrois website, …a Defense of Bibliomancy recounts how King Charles I of England consulted volumes of Virgil in Oxford’s Bodleian Library to help foretell his future. (Evidently, Virgil neglected to alert the King of his eventual beheading.) And pointing to bibliomancy’s more modern relevance, Mr Simon references Philip K. Dick’s science fiction classic The Man in the High Castle where “the character Tagomi consults the almost 3,000 year old text for advice…”

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)